The Next Level with Sam Manson - Advanced Course
The Next Level with Sam Manson - Advanced Course
The Next Level with Sam Manson - Advanced Course
The Next Level with Sam Manson - Advanced Course

The Next Level with Sam Manson - Advanced Course

Regular price $729.00
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This is an ADVANCED Course and suitable for paddlers who have already done the Coast to Coast. You MUST be confident paddling your kayak. 

Cost includes $210 per person Jet Boat Fee with Alpine Jet. 

This is a small group with just 4 paddlers in total. 

This 2.5 day course is all about stepping up your skills!

This is the perfect course to tackle if you're looking to take your skills to the next level. You may have just ticked off your first Coast to Coast, be moving into a new kayak or a seasoned paddler looking to get more out of your kayaking and gain precious time. Which ever you are your Grade II Course was just the beginning. Even if you have been paddling for years, this course will help you to improve both your river reading and paddling skills with the aim of understanding how to identify the fastest lines for race day. You will gain in both confidence and ability over the duration of this course. This is a great couple of days on the river with Sam and we cannot recommend it enough. 

Download everything you need to know here!

Trip Details

Day One

To get started with this course we have a few hours of technique and flat water efficiency on the Avon River. Sam will be able to spend time with each paddler individually. You will be sent a personalised video to look back on after the session. This is from 3pm on Friday afternoon. 

Day Two 

    Day Two focuses on improving your boat control, boat placement, forward paddling and river reading skills. We will be teaching you how to set your boat up for paddling bluffs, wave trains and gaining further control of your boat on the river, particularly the gorge. We will be taking you through a series of drills and techniques to help improve these areas. You can expect to see some whiteboard theory and some video analysis too.

    Day Three 

      Day Three will see you travelling by jet boat up into the Gorge for the day. Today will be focused on running a variety of bluffs and rapids and further improving the techniques and skills we worked on during Day One. We will be looking to build your skills and confidence on some of the tricker features on the river. There will be the opportunity to paddle some of these features multiple times and fine-tune those lines! Sam will demonstrate good race lines and continue to work on your river reading skills.

      Travelling Athlete Info

      If you are travelling from outside of Christchurch to spend some time with us on the river or over the mountain here is some information to help plan you trip.

      Download the info here.


      This is a great weekend on the river but don't just listen to us....

      "I've been paddling multisport boats for a few years & wanted to learn some new skills so I attended "The Next Level" with Sam Manson in October 2020. The two days were hugely worthwhile, getting instruction from someone with the experience and skill level of Sam was just invaluable. The whole TSK team are all very professional and the course had a great balance of positive encouragement, challenges & fun. I really got a huge amount out of this course and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their kayaking knowledge and skills."

      Phil Damen Paddling his JKK Total Eclipse SS 

      "Each year I keep coming back to do a trip down the river with Topsport Kayaking because I keep having the best paddling experiences ever with their guides. They are very professional, have a tremendous level of skills and experience and all of them provide a fantastic balance of encouragement and challenge the way they teach. I did the "The Next Level" with Sam Manson in October 2020 and I can't recommend Sam and Topsport Kayaking highly enough. I learnt so much. What really helps are their communication and management skills from the day you sign up for a course till you have finished it, one feels very well looked after and cared for. I will sign up again and keep recommending them to my very best friends and others"
      Simone Maier paddling her JKK Magnetar. Longest Day Champion 2019 & 2021

      These requirements are in place for your safety and to ensure we can fit you in one of our boats (if required)

      • You must be able to swim 
      • Weigh less than 110kg
      • Be shorter than 6'4.

      Please contact us to discuss options if you don’t the fit these requirements.

      Topsport Kayaking Specialists Limited Cancellation Policy

      Our cancellation policy allows clients to reschedule or cancel their booked course or guided trip provided enough notice is given. This policy helps support our small business when there is not enough time to replace a booking if someone cancels their space at short notice. 

      Cancelling or rescheduling your course or trip

      If for any reason you need to cancel your kayak course, gorge trip or mountain run, you will receive a refund minus our cancelation fee. This is provided you contact us at least 14 days before your Grade II Course, Gorge Trip or Mountain Run. If enough notice is given Topsport Kayaking will gladly re-book your kayak course, gorge trip or mountain run to a new available date at no charge. However if you cancel or reschedule your course or trip inside of this time period the full amount is still payable.

      We deduct a cancellation fee for ALL courses and guided trips that are cancelled by our clients. Your amount refunded depends on the amount of notice you provide as above.

      Our Cancelation fee’s are as follows:

      • Grade II Certificate Course - $149
      • Guided River Trip - $39
      • Guided Run Trip - $27
      • Guided Run/River Combo - $59
      • The Next Level - $63 
      • The Next Step - $49

      Cancelling Part of your Grade II Course

      If for some reason you are unable to attend a day or days of your kayak course we will try to rebook you with another group, if successful there is an additional cost of $190 per day. There is a no refund for the days missed.

      Weather & Flow Conditions

      Safety requirements may force us to cancel your kayak course, gorge trip or mountain run for a number possible of reasons (eg. bad weather, river flow level, wind, etc). If we need to cancel your trip we will contact you as soon as possible. We may be forced to cancel your trip the morning-of or the day prior, if this happens you will be either: 1) Refunded the full amount of your trip fee (minus your booking fee) OR 2) You may choose to re-book to a new date at no additional charge. In exceptional circumstances we may need to cancel your trip after travelling to the start location or even part-way through your trip as conditions change. Typically we decide prior to leaving town but sometimes we make the extra effort to make an important trip take place e.g race week and overseas clients. If this happens there is a minimum cost of $100 pp. Our standards are to cancel are trip using the latest weather and flow resources BEFORE we leave town but occasionally the forecast is incorrect and we do not know until arriving at the start location.

      Cancelling your Coast to Coast Kayak Hire Booking

      Topsport Kayaking will gladly cancel your Coast to Coast kayak hire booking provided you contact us at least 4 weeks before the hire period. A cancellation charge to the value of 20% of the original hire fee will be deducted. You will be credited back the balance through your original form of payment. If you cancel your hire out of this time period the full amount is still payable.


      Any cancellation due to Covid restrictions is to be a credit. 

      What if I book now and COVID-19 ruins my plans?

      If we have to call a course or trip off due to COVID-19 restrictions within NZ, we'll be happy to reschedule your booking to a later date a no additional charge. When this is not possible we'll issue you with a credit for a future course.

      If you are travelling from overseas, we are happy to accept your booking, however we cannot accept any responsibility for your inability to attend due to border / travel restrictions arising as a result from the COVID-19 pandemic. So you'll be subject to our standard cancellation policy. 

      The topsport team

      Why choose us?

      All of the staff here at Topsport have competed in many multisport races at a high level, including the iconic Coast to Coast. We know what it takes to get down the river safely, with the right technology while having a good time. 

      Learn More About Our Team